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National Nuclear Science Week 2013
National Nuclear Science Week (NNSW), a celebration to focus local, regional and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science, will be recognized for the fourth year on October 21-25, 2013. Observations of the week will include an array of week-long educational activities in South Carolina, mass field trips to the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in New Mexico, and much more.
The week is a national, broadly observed recognition of how nuclear science plays a vital role in the lives of Americans - and the world. Activities during the week are intended to build awareness of the contributions of the nuclear science industry and those who work in it every day.
National Nuclear Science Week has the theme “Get to Know Nuclear.” The goal of the week is to encourage education, participation and communication around themes that are promoted on each day of the week. This year’s main National Celebration Event is a collaboration between SRS Community Reuse Organization and its affiliated Nuclear Workforce Initiative, taking place in South Carolina and Georgia. This week of activities includes education days hosted for students of all ages at institutes such as the University of South Carolina Aiken and the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. A Workforce Development Day will also take place, hosted at the Kroc Center in Augusta, GA, on Tuesday, October 22, where high school seniors and college students can interact with current nuclear professionals, view interesting exhibits and learn about career topics in the world of nuclear technology – from nuclear medicine to emerging energy technology.
“With the nation’s spotlight on energy generation and a greener environment, it makes sense to recognize the contributions of nuclear power. Other technologies, such as nuclear medicine with its diagnostic and treatment opportunities, are also hugely important to all Americans,” states the Director of the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Jim Walther. “The future career opportunities in science and energy are significant as well. This week provides all of us with more information on these vital topics.”
The Web site is http://www.NuclearScienceWeek.org and features a “celebration guide” that includes free tips and tools such as a proclamation template for those wishing to create their own celebration. There are also suggestions for activities each day of the week. Followers can also access news about the week through Twitter, Facebook and a nuclear science week blogspot.
National Nuclear Science Week is a partnership between the host organization, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and nuclear industry partners, including the SRS Community Reuse Organization, Nuclear Energy Institute, Entergy, the US Department of Energy, the American Nuclear Society, and the Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging.
For more information on the Museum, visit http://www.nuclearmuseum.org or call 505-245-2137.
“The Avengers” Showing in Heritage Park
The blockbuster movie “The Avengers” will be shown outside under the airplane wings in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s “Heritage Park” on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The proceeds of the film’s showing will be used to support restoration of the Museum’s iconic aircraft.
“Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes” is an ambitious campaign by the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History to raise $200,000 in two years. The planes to receive attention are the B29 Superfortress, B52-B Stratofortress, the F-105D Thunderchief and A7 Corsair II. Because these important artifacts “live” in the Museum’s Heritage Park, they are subject to the ravages of the southwestern weather – and they are showing it. Support of the restoration of some of its most important artifacts will mean that the Museum can continue to display these iconic items as they should be: properly painted and cared for.
“We hope to have a big crowd to see this sensational movie,” said Jim Walther, Director of the Museum. “What’s more fun than an action movie among iconic aircraft on a summer evening?”
Doors will open at 7:30 pm and the movie will begin at dark. Bring a portable outdoor chair; local food trucks will be available all night. Please, no pets allowed.
Admission into this event is $10 for adults and $8 for youth and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
Restoration of the Bomarc Missile at the Museum
A team of volunteers are working to restore the Bomarc missile at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. The volunteer team, under the direction of the Museum staff, will take the restoration project from the planning stage to a completed display piece.
The team conducting the restoration work consists of seven volunteers – two of whom are acting as project leaders. Tasks include cleaning, patching, repainting and stenciling the missile. The nose cone has also been removed for repairs. The work on the Bomarc is expected to continue through the months of June and July.
“Our volunteers make it possible for us to undertake this this kind of work,” said Melissa Donahoo, the Volunteer Coordinator. “It takes a team of six to eight volunteers for a project the size and scope of the Bomarc. Volunteers not only increase our workforce, they also bring a level of skill and experience that make these projects so successful.”
The Bomarc was introduced in 1955 and retired in 1972, and was the only surface-to-air missile (SAM) ever deployed by the United States Air Force. It is just one of many iconic artifacts that are in need of restoration. There are four aircraft, several missiles, and a number of other artifacts in need of some refurbishment. Because these important artifacts “live” in the Museum’s Heritage Park, they are subject to the ravages of the southwestern weather.
Earlier this summer, the Museum launched “Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes,” which is an ambitious campaign by the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History to raise $200,000 in two years. Funds raised through the campaign will be used in the restoration of the Museum’s iconic aircraft. The campaign also seeks to raise human resources in the form of a contingent of volunteers who will conduct the actual refurbishment tasks.
To volunteer in any capacity, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 505-245-2137, extension 122. Contributions to the campaign can be made online here or by contacting the Museum’s Development Department at 505-245-2137, extension 110.
Dynamics of Flight
Is “become a pilot” on your bucket list? Have you often wondered how those amazing (and very heavy) machines stay in the air? Did you know the first US airline was established in 1914?
The forces of flight will be front and center in “Dynamics of Flight,” a special exhibition at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History the Museum. This exhibit, which opens on June 1, 2013, will unlock the wonder of flying, the amazing history and heritage of aviation, and the excitement of working in the field. It will feature a flight simulator so that you can test your skills as a pilot and learn how to handle an airplane’s pitch, yaw and roll. Other fundamentals of avionics illustrated in this exhibit include the physics of lift, drag, and thrust, and how those are displayed in modern cockpits.
For a special treat, Sky 7, the KOAT helicopter, will make appearance at the Museum at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. Visitors can speak with the Sky 7 pilot and its crew and learn about how helicopters fly. Visitors can also get up close to the Museum’s four aircraft, something that is unique in our area.
“Dynamics of Flight” will be on display through the end of the year. There is no additional fee to experience the exhibit, beyond the usual price of admission of $8 for adults and $7 for youth and seniors. Underwriting of “Dynamics of Flight” was provided by Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, with additional support provided by the Albuquerque Section of The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Aspen Avionics, the US Southwest Soaring Museum, and the Lobo Wing of the Commemorative Air Force.
Another flight-related effort at the Museum will kick off on May 31: an ambitious campaign to raise $200,000 in two years. This fundraising effort will be called “Operation Preservation: The Campaign to Restore the Planes.” The campaign will provide resources vital to the restoration of the Museum’s iconic aircraft: the B-29 Superfortress, the B-52B Stratofortress, the A-7 Corsair II, and the B-47E Stratojet.
A number of aircraft themed events are being planned for the summer at the Museum, including a showing of the blockbuster movie, The Avengers, outside under the airplane wings on August 3.
16th Annual Einstein Society Gala
US Navy Admiral Kirkland H. Donald (retired) has been named the recipient of the 2013 National Award of Nuclear Science and History, which is presented annually by National Atomic Museum Foundation to a prominent person that has had an impact on nuclear issues. The award will be presented at the 16th annual Einstein Society Gala on March 16, 2013.
Admiral Donald served as the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration's Naval Reactors from November 2004 to November 2012. He retired from the U.S. Navy on January 1, 2013, completing more than 37 years of service.
“We are extremely proud to recognize the contributions of Admiral Donald,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “The nation’s naval nuclear program has been ably advanced by his service.”
This will be the sixteenth year the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has bestowed the award. The award celebrates the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavor made by individuals in areas of military leadership, medical technology, public policy and government, energy sciences, education and space exploration. Honorees become members of the International Advisory Council to the museum. Past honorees include:
Dr. Glenn Seaborg, former head of the Atomic Energy Commission, co-discoverer of Plutonium, and medical and nuclear researcher
Dr. David Kuhl, inventor of Positron Emission Tomography (PET), a medical scanning technology that led to broad application of nuclear medical imaging technology
Richard Rhodes, the author of twenty-one books including “The Making of the Atomic Bomb”, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Dr. Lisa Randall, American theoretical physicist and a leading expert on particle physics and cosmology. She is the Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science at Harvard University
The Einstein Society Gala is the largest fundraising event for the Museum each year. The evening includes dinner and dancing as well as a silent auction. AnnaMaria Cardinalli, American military investigator, classical guitarist, and operatic contralto, will perform at the event.
Proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs. Tickets are $125. Table sponsorships are also available. For information, contact Charles Lowery, Director of Development, at 505-245-2137, extension 110.